a pretty cool life.: Vintage summer gingham bunting

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vintage summer gingham bunting

Did you see this project that I shared at Corey's the other day?  Here it is in case you missed it...

My boys and I certainly are in full-blown summer mode and are spending every moment we can outside, soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm summer breezes. 

I thought a fun addition to our yard would be a sweet little bunting, vintage inspired, and made from bright and cheerful gingham. 

I think buntings are whimsical and sweet, but best of all they're so easy to make!  Here's how I made mine.

Start by cutting 4 inch wide strips of fabric.  I cut my gingham on the bias, but cut it however you'd like your pattern to show on the flags.

Mark the bottom edge of your fabric strips with a disappearing ink pen or chalk pencil every 4 inches.  Do the same at the top, but make your first dot 2 inches in from the edge. 

Line up those dots with a quilter's rule, and start cutting with your rotary cutter.  Save time and cut multiple layers at once! 

ps.  If you don't like raw, frayed edges, you could do this with a pinking blade. 

Sew two triangles, wrong sides together, closely along the edge of the two longer sides of each flag.

I pulled at threads along the raw edges for more of a worn, vintage-y feel.

My bunting is 30 flags long, but of course you can customize your own length.  After you've finished sewing your flags, you'll need a piece of string or twine long enough to accomodate your flags, plus a few feet extra at both ends for hanging.

Then, using a zig zag stitch, sew your flags to the piece of twine.

Adding on each flag as you go...

Hang it up and enjoy the summer breezes!

Happy summer and happy weekend everyone!

Edit:  I've also listed several in the shop if you don't want to make one yourself :)


  1. This bunting is so pretty with its rainbow colors! Just looking at it makes me feel happier :)

  2. I love it! Very cool with the different colours and same pattern. Mine is done with pinking shears... but I think I might try your way next time!!

  3. Wonderful! I'm going to do a birthday flag in burlap for my friends 50th party using stamps and this technique to hang them!

  4. This is beautiful. I love gingham.

  5. This would make any child happy to find it hanging in their backyard!


  6. Such a pretty design. I love all the colors and the photos are WOW! You did a fantastic job!

  7. This is so cute and summery, I love it!

  8. Love this!! Thank you for the instructions - it seems simple enough to try :)

  9. What a fun Summer banner for outside. I just made one for my daughter that says Happy Birthday. You can check it out on my blog.
    The possibilities for these are endless!


  10. Love all the colors! Just makes you want to have people over for a BBQ.


  11. That is so cute! And you did a great job!

  12. gingham is always SEW cute & your colors are perfect! I'm working on my first bunting right now...we'll see how it turns out. -diane

  13. You are just incredible!! I love coming to your site-you have amazing talent and awesome ideas!!!! Thank you for sharing another wonderful idea.

  14. I just love love this! And it squeals summer!

  15. thats is just gorgeous! love it!

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  16. Very cute! I will have to make one for my daughter's 'rainbow' party that we are planning.

  17. I truly love this!!! Vibrant colors get me everytime!!!

  18. Love this! I linked in my Friday Favorites this week!


  19. very very cute & what a great way to celebrate summer!

  20. Super cute- I am always drawn to anything with those colors!! Where did you get your fabric??

  21. That is so pretty- I love the gingham! Thanks so much for the gorgeous idea, I'll be linking.

  22. I think I need to make me one of these! It would be a perfect addition to our Birthday Decor! Beautiful work!

  23. Where do you get your gingham from?? I have been looking for some similar to yours and can only find small print, please help!!


  24. I made a giant one for the main room of our house. You can see it at http://woutadoubt[dot]blogspot[dot]com/2010/11/baby-shower-bunting[dot]html. Thank you for the inspiration!

  25. I absolutely love it! thanks for sharing...it just screams summer FUN!!


  26. I am soo making this for my son's 5th birthday part next week-- thank you for the tutorial!

  27. Just finished making this and putting it in my laundry room, linking it up. Thanks!!



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